Irmas PictureMs. Mujic joined the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Community over the summer, and spent her first month on campus getting ready to meet the needs of our Bobcats as they returned for in-person instruction. The School Counselor is a member of the Student Affairs Team, who focuses on social and emotional learning support, versus the academic support that the Deans are engaged in. The Student Affairs Team, which is comprised of Ms. Mujic, our Deans, and the Director of Student Affairs, works together comprehensively to offer a high level of all kinds of assistance to our Bobcats. A little about her personally: Ms. Mujic holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Helping students is her passion, and she has already become an indispensable member of the community in her short tenure with us. 

The 2021-2022 school year being the third in a row to be affected in some capacity by the global pandemic means that Ms. Mujic has a lot of work to do. As the majority of our students have been in distance learning for the better part of a year and a half, the main focus this year is to help our students remember what it is to be a student in a physical classroom. We caught up with Ms. Mujic to learn more about her role as our School Counselor.

 

When did you first know that you wanted to become a school counselor? 

I knew I wanted to become a school counselor in college.  After graduating from high school, I felt overwhelmed choosing my college courses and deciding on a major of study. My counselor was an incredible source of support to me during that time. She listened to my concerns, assisted me in my course planning, taught me a lot about stress management, provided useful resources, and encouraged me along the way. I felt reassured knowing I could turn to her whenever I needed guidance, and I knew I wanted to offer that same type of support to students one day. Before starting my school counseling program, I also worked as a preschool teacher. My work in early childhood education further reaffirmed my interest for becoming a school counselor when I observed the need for social and emotional learning and student support services in schools.  

 

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 Ms. Mujic checking in on some our grade 8 Bobcats during lunch

 

What are some of the first things you did to get to know our Bobcats? 

I have been working hard to get to know our Bobcats, so that I have a better understanding of how to help them. Some of the first things I did to get to know our students was meet them at the Back-to-School Festival, give grade-level presentations about my role as a school counselor, supervise and connect with them during lunch time and after school, and create a Schoology course page to establish contact with them.   

 

What are some of the common questions you get from students when they visit you for the first time? 

Q: What do you help students with? 

A: I am here to listen to students, understand what they are experiencing, and provide support to them, in hopes that they will overcome or minimize a current or future challenge and be successful at BISV.   

 

Q: Will you tell my parents or classmates what I share with you?  

A: What you tell me is confidential information; that is, it stays with me, and I do not share the details of our conversations with other students and adults. In order to keep you safe, however, there are exceptions to confidentiality. If you tell me that someone is hurting you, or you want to hurt yourself or someone else, then I need to alert someone, in order to keep you safe.   

 

Q: How long have you been a school counselor?  

A: Prior to becoming a school counselor here I interned at San Jose Unified School District for about a year and half and provided academic and social and emotional support services to elementary and middle school students.  

 

Q: Are you a therapist?  

A: No, I am not a licensed Mental Health Therapist or School Psychologist, so I am unable to assess or treat students for developmental disabilities or mental health illnesses.  I am working hard to destigmatize school counseling since it is often misunderstood as therapy. Not that there should be anything to be ashamed of for seeking out therapy; in fact I congratulate anyone who is looking to focus on their mental health. What I offer our students is considered more of a supportive measure than something classified as mental health treatment.

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Ms. Mujic meeting with a student after school

 

What is your goal as the School Counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley? 

I have three primary goals as the school counselor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. First, I want to support students during their personal and social challenges and empower them to advocate for themselves and their mental well-being. Second, I want to establish partnerships with the diverse stakeholders involved in students’ learning and development; that is, their families, teachers, and community members. Third, I want to advocate for social and emotional learning and overall well-being.  

 

What are some of the resources that you are most excited to share with our community? 

I hope to provide information to students, families, and BASIS Independent Silicon Valley staff about various social and emotional learning topics, including building character, advocating for oneself, fostering self-esteem, and bringing awareness to various behavioral and mental health issues.    

 

We look forward to hearing even more from Ms. Mujic as the year progresses. Go Bobcats!

 

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